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No swimming ordered in six areas of beach

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Six areas of South Mississippi's beachfront are off limits to swimmers this weekend. 

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. through its Beach Monitoring Program, detected high bacteria levels in the water.  Heavy rain is usually the reason behind beach advisories.  However, MDEQ officials told WLOX News high winds over the past week have stirred up sediment and bacteria in the water, resulting in the high bacteria levels

MDEQ advises people to stay out of the water in the following areas:
œStation 1 - near Lakeshore Drive, Bay St. Louis;
œStation 7A - near Trautman Avenue, Long Beach;
œStation 8 - near Fournier Avenue, Gulfport;
œStation 9 - near Pratt Avenue, Gulfport;
œStation 10 - U.S. Naval Home/Veterans Hospital near Oak Avenue, Gulfport;
œStation 10A - near Courthouse Road west parking lot, Gulfport.

MDEQ strongly advises against swimming and other water contact in these waters until water samples show a consistent safe level for human contact.  When water samples show that levels are safe for human contact, the advisories will be lifted. 

Additionally, swimmers are reminded that the Beach Task Force has a standing recommendation that swimming not occur during or within 24 hours of a significant rainfall event. 

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, which performs water sampling of the Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches for MDEQ, will notify the agency when the areas have returned to acceptable levels. 

For more information, visit the Mississippi Beach Monitoring Program online.

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